Myanmar's Karen veterans of WWII, despite being abandoned by the British, recall their service with fondness.
Loikaw, Myanmar - Former guerrilla fighter Saw Noe served the British "in a most loyal and wholehearted fashion", one of the British officers he served with wrote in a letter of recommendation dated August 27, 1945, a week before the Japanese surrendered.
"He organised working parties and elephant and coolie transport, advising me soundly on many matters concerning the Karen people," the officer said of Saw Noe, a member of eastern Myanmar's Karen tribe. "Undoubtedly his work contributed a large measure to the success against the enemy in this region."
At 95, he is frail and bedridden, but Saw Noe lights up with pride when he talks of his days fighting the Japanese in World War II Burma, now known as Myanmar.